Bill Graham, Media Specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation spoke with KMZU’s Sandi Wilson about the upcoming quail habitat workshop.

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The population of bobwhite quail has drastically reduced the past few decades in Missouri. Bill Graham explains why.

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Media Specialist Bill Graham says private landowners are key to help increase quail numbers.

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Bobwhite quail are a popular game bird amongst Missouri hunters. However their numbers have drastically reduced in the past few decades due to habitat loss and weather changes. The Missouri Department of Conservation is presenting a Quail Management Workshop on Saturday May 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Riverview Properties in Caldwell County. Lunch will be provided and reservations to attend are requested by Wednesday May 14th. To make your reservation you need to call Private Land Conservationist Nate Mechlin at (660)-663-3703. This workshop will focus on building suitable habitat for quail on private properties to help build the numbers back up in Missouri.

Press Release from Missouri Department of Conservation

Cowgill, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will present a Quail Management Workshop 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Riverview Properties south of Cowgill, Mo. The workshop in Caldwell County is free.

Topics will include bobwhite quail biology, habitat favorable to quail, and cost share programs that help property manager improve habitat for quail. Experts will discuss practices to establish and maintain native warm season grasses. Field demonstrations will include examples of practices that provide covey headquarters establishment and brood rearing cover.

MDC is offering the workshop in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Caldwell, Carroll, and Ray counties.

Lunch will be provided. Reservations are requested by May 14. For more information or to make a reservation, call MDC Private Land Conservationist Nate Mechlin at 660-663-3703, Ext. 3.

Directions: From Cowgill, go south on Route B 3.5 miles; west on 230th Street 0.5 mile; north on Rattlesnake Road 0.25 mile, west on 232nd Street to parking area. Signs will be posted.

More information can be found on the Missouri Department of Conservation website at www.mdc.mo.gov.